Belgian David Goffin has caused another shock in the men’s draw at Indian Wells, ousting third seed Stan Wawrinka in three thrilling sets.
A few days after No.2 seed Andy Murray was eliminated, Goffin shocked the Swiss 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) in just under two-and-a-half hours.
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The diminutive 25-year-old had never before taken a set off Wawrinka in three career meetings.
The victory ended Goffin’s 14-match skid against top 10-ranked opponents; beating Wawrinka improved his career record to 2-26 against top-10 players.
He beat then-No.9 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals at Basel in 2014.
Goffin has gone to three sets in each of his matches at Indian Wells so far; he saved two match points to beat wildcard Frances Tiafoe in the second round and then rallied from a set down to outlast Guido Pella in the last 32.
Goffin emerges from wreckage with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5) win over Wawrinka, a match with *13* breaks. High seed on bottom half now…Berdych.
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Goffin will in the quarterfinals will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, after the 10th seed overcame Richard Gasquet in three sets.
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